Uh huh. Just as the dollar was made valuable by the same type of propaganda. Actually, gold and silver have been devalued by a concerted propaganda campaign since Nixon closed the gold window in 1971. Why? Because Gold is one form of MONEY (not currency) where when you hold it, you don't have to count on a counterparty to keep their promise to make it good. And that makes it hard for governments to peddle their worthless paper. (Silver has it's own dynamics but has, for the most part, gone along for the ride with gold) That said, expanding on this is way beyond the topic here. You folks know boats, I know currencies and world finance. Yes, indeed! Those commodities do have great bartering power.